President Trump signed an executive order on Friday giving most federal employees an extra day off on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2020).
Christmas Eve is not an official federal holiday. It was previously expected by some that federal workers would get a half-day off on Christmas Eve since it falls on a Thursday this year.
Presidents in recent history have given federal employees extra time off on Christmas Eve. Last year, federal employees got Dec. 24 off when Christmas fell on a Wednesday. In 2018 Trump closed federal agencies on Christmas Eve which gave most of the federal workforce a four-day weekend.
Not all federal employees will have the day off. “The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on Dec. 24, 2020, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need,” the order says.
The full text of the executive order is below.
Executive Order on Providing for the Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on December 24, 2020
Issued on: December 11, 2020
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, December 24, 2020, the day before Christmas Day.
Sec. 2. The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2020, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.
Sec. 3. December 24, 2020, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.
Sec. 4. The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE